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The frieze of the Parthenon is a continuous band with representations in relief that encircles the upper part of the cella, the main part of the temple within the outer colonnade.|The theme represented was the procession to the Acropolis that formed part of the Great Panathenaia, (Contests that remained…on pottery), the festival in honour of the goddess Athena, culminating in the presentation of the peplos, the gift of the Athenians to their patron goddess (A gift for the goddess Athena).|The frieze comprised 115 blocks and it had a total length of 160 metres.|The composition included 378 human and divine figures (Meeting the figures of the procession) and it can be divided into the following units:|preparation for the procession, on the west side (Composing the west frieze),|the main procession with the groups of horsemen (Observing the horses) & (Suddenly my horse turned into marble…)|and chariots (The hidden chariot) on the long sides,|the sacrificial procession of offerings and animals (Procession to the altar) likewise on the long sides but also on the two ends of the east frieze,|the presence of the gods and goddesses (Olympic riddles: Identifying the gods and goddesses)|and the main cult scene with the handing over of the peplos in the middle of the east side.|Rich colours and metal attachments made the frieze very impressive (Colouring a frieze block).|Through the years this unique sculptural aggregate lived through many difficulties and suffered much damage, making the cleaning of its surface unavoidable (Become a conservator).